A Legacy of W.K. Kellogg

Prepare: Identify the Course Format

Determining Your Course Mode Designation

Make an early decision about the format of the course: Should it be face-to-face, hybrid (blended), or fully online? Individual faculty members decide what format their course should take, preferably in consultation with the department chair. Course designations are communicated to students through Bronco Direct. If you want to change the course designation, talk to your department administrator.

Cal Poly Pomona recognizes eight course formats: Face to face, web-assisted, hybrid with asynchronous component, hybrid with synchronous component, asynchronous local (online), synchronous local (online), fully asynchronous (online), and fully synchronous (online). We're nothing if not thorough!

See eLearning's Online/Hybrid Course Definitions for descriptions of the course formats.

Designating your course appropriately helps students to make good decisions. When enrolling in hybrid or online courses, students need to know:

  • If they need Internet connectivity.
  • If they need to be available for synchronous (real time) interaction any time during the term.
  • If they need to come to campus at any time during the term.

Special Note: Flipped Classroom and Course Designation

"Flipping" (moving content acquisition outside of class time and doing activities during class meetings) does not automatically transform the course into a hybrid or online course.

Format of contact hours is the main factor which determines whether a course is face-to-face, hybrid, or online. You do not need to tell students ahead of time if you course is flipped – you DO need to tell them via Bronco Direct when they register if the course is hybrid or online, and if they need to come to campus at any time, when.